IN Interviews : The Apothecary Series

 

'Apothecary' used to mean combining a lengthy list of intricate ingredients such as herbs, minerals, and animal fats for ingesting, salves for topical use, and aromatics for aromatherapy. In considering what pharmacies in the past may have looked like in the olden days, many of us can only conjure up mental visuals of dusty floor-to-ceiling cabinets housing several rows of jars, with peculiar contents like leeches and questionable substances to tinctures of varying shapes and colors. Yet, many of these techniques, tools, and recipes are still in use today, albeit greatly edited, to address and honor the immediate needs of a larger audience.

With autumn and the dry season quickly approaching, Infashuated collected an amazing set of products (and their brilliant makers) across the country to discuss their work as independent artisans in the apothecary industry during the Anno Domini era. With more knowledgeable consumers ditching mainstream products for superior personal-care that involve the purest ingredients, the need for quality goods from small-batch suppliers is at an all-time high.

Meet seven independent craftsmen (and women) who've mastered the craft and made names for themselves in the burgeoning market for self-care and clean living.

 
 
 Janey Jay of Pearl Plus

Janey Jay of Pearl Plus

 Jonathan + Heather Sielaff of OLO Fragrance

Jonathan + Heather Sielaff of OLO Fragrance

 
 Keiko Matsuo + Tsugu Wada Studio Cue LA

Keiko Matsuo + Tsugu Wada Studio Cue LA

 KaKyung Cho of Bar Soap Brooklyn

KaKyung Cho of Bar Soap Brooklyn

 
 Katharine L'Heureux of Kahina Giving Beauty

Katharine L'Heureux of Kahina Giving Beauty

 Taylor + Anoria Ahlmark of Maak Lab

Taylor + Anoria Ahlmark of Maak Lab

 
 
 Linda + John Meyers of Wary Meyers

Linda + John Meyers of Wary Meyers

 
 
Biggest thanks to all the awesome people who took part in our series!